“All the ones we’ve done, we’ve yet to turn anyone [against their employers] or get them to say they’re doing it against their will,” he said.
But then local governments started using zoning and business codes to crack down on these establishments and, Di Angelo said, “dumped us out on the streets.” The ripples followed.
“Guys go in and what you get is partly dictated by the house.
But on the street, it’s almost like all bets are off.” In an interview SN&R conducted last year with Ramos and two of his SIIB investigators, Detective Earl Helfrich said the parlor raids he’s participated in usually turn up undocumented foreign workers from Asian countries, but no traffickers.
Then, with his “genitals exposed,” the officer informed the woman she would be going to jail for prostitution and other charges.
It was one of 63 massage parlor stings the sheriff’s department conducted in recent years, according to county figures.